Annotation

This boxed set of eight albums contains some of the best music made in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1960s. It represents the very finest issued and unissued music recorded by Sun Records and associated labels during that period. It covers the full range of Memphis music from Rock and Roll and Country to Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Gospel. It also contains recordings made for the Nashville-based Sun International Corporation after 1968.
Following on from SUN BOX 106, The Rockin' Years, this box traces the Sun story through its unfashionable years. Nevertheless — and perhaps to the surprise of many — the quality of the music remains high.
There are 131 recordings in this box. Of these, there are:

  • 33 unissued recordings (never before issued in any form)
  • 10 unissued takes (alternative performances to those previously issued)
  • 5 unissued versions (performances from different sessions to previously issued versions)
  • 5 undubbed or remixed versions (recordings previously issued now presented in a different form)
  • 21 not originally issued (recordings released in the 1970s or '80s but not on the original Sun label)
  • 57 original issues (recordings exactly as issued on the original Sun, P.I., Sun Int., Midnight Sun or Plantation labels)

Album One: Feel So Good by Jerry Lee Lewis
An album of unissued Jerry Lee Lewis is always a cause for celebration, particularly when it is drawn from the Sun Records catalogue. This collection comprises some previously undiscovered tapes in conjunction with some remixed versions of some old favourites.
The two versions of My Blue Heaven, dating from June 14, 1961, eluded the compilers of the Sun Years box because the song had also been recorded back in 1959. It therefore showed up as a duplicate entry on the file cards. The original 4 track tapes had never been mixed down from the 1961 session. It seemed as though no-one was having anything to do with Jerry's reinterpretation of My Blue Heaven. The 1959 version was never issued, the 1961 version was never even mixed and a later version, recorded for Mercury in 1969, also sat in the can until resurrected in 1987.
The re-mixes are a different kettle of fish. From 1960 until he quit Sun in 1963 Jerry recorded in multi-track studios. Some of the multi-track tapes have survived and they allow us the liberty of rewriting history — to an extent. The problem is that Jerry was recorded on 4 track tape which meant that the choruses or strings were often on the same track as, say, the bass and drums. Eliminate the chorus and you eliminate the bass and drums. Also, the baffling in the old Sun studios was not very good so there is an element of bleed-through, which means that it is almost impossible to completely eliminate any part of the mix. If the choruses and strings had not been present on the session then it would have been simplicity itself to eliminate them (witness the ease and totality with which the chorus was removed from most of the Charlie Rich titles on the Zu-Zazz album, Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave).
So, we have included a couple of tentative re-mixes which give a better understanding of the recording process and show Jerry's vocal and piano in a slightly brighter light but are, nevertheless, far from perfect.
Finally, we have a selection from some newly-discovered tape boxes mostly dating from late 1959 or early 1960. Another tape in the same batch dates from 1962. The 1959/60 tapes represented Jerry's first venture into the new Sun studio on Madison Avenue. Sam Phillips was at the controls and he mixed down all the instruments to one track of his new four track tape, rewound the tape and then mixed another set of songs onto another track. The third track was left for overdubs and the fourth track was left empty. This splendidly defeated the purpose of multi-track tape but those tapes, sequestered away for over 25 years, allow us to catch the last gasp of the famous Jerry Lee Lewis recording combo comprising Roland Janes on guitar, J.M. Van Eaton on drums and possibly J.W. Brown on bass. More from these sessions can be heard on the Zu-Zazz albums, Keep Your Hands Off It and Don't Drop It!.
This is a pot-pourri for sure, but we get a few tasty additions to the Sun Years boxed set and another welcome glimpse of the genius of Jerry Lee Lewis at, or near, its peak.

Annotation last modified on 2012-05-20 08:28 .

Tracklist

12" Vinyl 1: Feel So Good
# Title Artist Rating Length
1.1 As Long as I Live (unissued take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:24
1.2 Bonnie B (unissued take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:25
1.3 What'd I Say (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:11
1.4 Don't Drop It (unissued)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1:51
1.5 Great Speckled Bird (unissued)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:02
1.6 You Can't Help It (I Can't Help It) (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1:53
1.7 Old Black Joe (undubbed and unissued take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:03
1.8 Baby Baby Bye Bye (undubbed and unissued take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1:56
2.1 My Blue Heaven (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1:56
2.2 My Blue Heaven (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:36
2.3 I Feel So Good (I've Been Twisting) (unissued version of Sun 374)
Jerry Lee Lewis 3:15
2.4 Good Golly Miss Molly (unissued and undubbed take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:10
2.5 Waiting for a Train (unissued version)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1:47
2.6 I Can't Trust Me (unissued and undubbed take)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:01
2.7 I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye (undubbed remix)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:25
2.8 Carry Me Back to Old Virginia (undubbed remix)
Jerry Lee Lewis 2:30
12" Vinyl 2: The Jackson Connection
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Even Tho'
Carl Mann ?:??
2 Canadian Sunset
Carl Mann ?:??
3 Chinatown My Chinatown
Carl Mann ?:??
4 Because of You
Carl Mann ?:??
5 Baby I Don't Care
Eddie Bush ?:??
6 Eddie's Blues
Eddie Bush ?:??
7 Blue Suede Shoes
Tony Austin ?:??
8 Hambone
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
9 Girls Like You
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
10 Alice Blue Gown
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
11 St. Louis Blues
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
12 There's No Tomorrow
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
13 Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Feet
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
14 Big Dream
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
15 How Well I Know
Rayburn Anthony ?:??
12" Vinyl 3: Keepers of the Flame
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Travelin' Salesman
Ray Smith ?:??
2 I Won't Miss You
Ray Smith ?:??
3 Candy Doll
Ray Smith ?:??
4 Hey Bossman
Ray Smith ?:??
5 Raining the Blues
Ernie Barton ?:??
6 Open the Door Richard
Ernie Barton ?:??
7 Shut Your Mouth
Ernie Barton ?:??
8 Herd of Turtles
Ernie Barton ?:??
9 Little by Little
Charlie Rich ?:??
10 Time and Again
Charlie Rich ?:??
11 Midnight Blues
Charlie Rich ?:??
12 I Wanna Make Sweet Love
Jerry McGill ?:??
13 Honey Bee
Don Hinton ?:??
14 Me and My Blues
Teddy Reddell ?:??
15 Belle of the Suwanee
Tracy Pendarvis ?:??
16 Wait Til Saturday Night
Harold Dorman ?:??
17 Tragedy
Thomas Wayne ?:??
12" Vinyl 4: One More Memory
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Satisfied
Eddie Bond ?:??
2 Rockin' Daddy
Eddie Bond ?:??
3 Double Duty Lovin'
Eddie Bond ?:??
4 Back Street Affair
Eddie Bond ?:??
5 I Can't Quit
Eddie Bond ?:??
6 You Nearly Lose Your Mind
Eddie Bond ?:??
7 One More Memory
Eddie Bond ?:??
8 They'll Never Take Her Love From Me
Eddie Bond ?:??
9 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
Eddie Bond ?:??
10 Guess I'd Better Go
Texas Bill Strength ?:??
11 Call of the Wild
Texas Bill Strength ?:??
12 Drunken Gambler
Don Scaife ?:??
13 Gone and Left Me Blues
Jimmy Louis ?:??
14 I'll Wait Forever
Anita Wood ?:??
15 Shot Out of the Saddle
Dane Stinit ?:??
16 Don't Knock What You Don't Understand
Dane Stinit ?:??
17 Muddy Old River
Dane Stinit ?:??
12" Vinyl 5: Betcha Gonna Like It
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Bobaloo
Bill Johnson ?:??
2 You Better Dig It
Bill Johnson ?:??
3 Shake 'em Up Baby
Frank Ballard ?:??
4 No-One to Call Your Own
Frank Ballard ?:??
5 Move on Down the Line
Frank Ballard ?:??
6 If That's the Way It Is (You Better Move on)
Frank Ballard ?:??
7 I See Trouble Down the Road
Frank Ballard ?:??
8 I Just Can't Help It
Frank Ballard ?:??
9 Just Walkin' in the Rain
Jeb Stuart ?:??
10 Coming Down With the Blues
Jeb Stuart ?:??
11 I Betcha Gonna Like It
Jeb Stuart ?:??
12 I'm in Love Again
Jeb Stuart ?:??
13 I Ain't Never
Jeb Stuart ?:??
14 Will I Ever Be Free
Jeb Stuart ?:??
15 All My Weakness
The Climates ?:??
16 No You for Me
The Climates ?:??
17 Breakin' Up Again
The Climates ?:??
12" Vinyl 6: Cadillac Man
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Stop, Wait and Listen
Bill Yates ?:??
2 Don't Step on My Dog
Bill Yates ?:??
3 Poison Ivy
Billy Adams ?:??
4 Too Late to Right My Wrong
Bill Yates ?:??
5 Trouble in Mind
Billy Adams ?:??
6 Reconsider Baby
Billy Adams ?:??
7 Big Big World
Bill Yates ?:??
8 Rock Me Baby
Billy Adams ?:??
9 Cadillac Man (1)
The Jesters ?:??
10 My Babe
The Jesters ?:??
11 Night Train From Chicago
The Jesters ?:??
12 Jim Dandy and Sweet 16
The Jesters ?:??
13 Heartbreak Hotel
The Jesters ?:??
14 Boppin' the Blues
The Jesters ?:??
15 What's So Good About Goodbye
Jimmie Day & The Jesters ?:??
16 Cadillac Man (2)
The Jesters ?:??
12" Vinyl 7: Frank, This Is It
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I'm Tired, My Soul Needs Resting
Brother James Anderson ?:??
2 Gonna Move in the Room With the Lord
Brother James Anderson ?:??
3 Workin' Diggin' Deeper
Brother James Anderson ?:??
4 Hush Hush (Somebody Call My Name)
Brother James Anderson ?:??
5 Nobody's Bloodstains
Brother James Anderson ?:??
6 What Can I Do?
Brother James Anderson ?:??
7 Going Home With Jesus
Brother James Anderson ?:??
8 On My Appointed Time
Brother James Anderson ?:??
9 Jelly Roll King
Frank Frost ?:??
10 Crawl Back
Frank Frost ?:??
11 Take the Pain From My Heart
Arbee Stidham ?:??
12 Please Let It Be Me
Arbee Stidham ?:??
13 My Heart Belongs to You
Arbee Stidham ?:??
14 Can't Live in This World By Myself
Arbee Stidham ?:??
15 Nine Below Zero
Cliff Jackson ?:??
16 Frank, This Is It
Cliff Jackson & Jellean Delk ?:??
12" Vinyl 8: Sun International
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Kay
Billy Riley ?:??
2 Lookin' for My Baby
Billy Riley ?:??
3 Pilot Town, LA
Billy Riley ?:??
4 Workin' on the River
Billy Riley ?:??
5 Sun Goin' Down on Frisco
Billy Riley ?:??
6 Nitty Gritty Mississippi
Billy Riley ?:??
7 San Francisco Lady
Billy Riley ?:??
8 Tallahassee
Billy Riley ?:??
9 The Old Home Place
Billy Riley ?:??
10 Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Jerry Dyke ?:??
11 Blackland Farmer
Sleepy La Beef ?:??
12 I'm Ragged but I'm Right
Sleepy La Beef ?:??
13 Stormy Monday Blues
Sleepy La Beef ?:??
14 There Ain't Much Left After Taxes
Sleepy La Beef ?:??
15 Jenny Lee
Bobby Lee Trammell ?:??
16 It's All Your Fault
Bobby Lee Trammell ?:??
17 Memphis Sun
Murray Kellum ?:??

Credits

12" Vinyl 1: Feel So Good

bass guitar:
Leo Lodner (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (tracks 1.2, 1.6)
W.S. 'T-Willie' Stevenson (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (track 1.4)
Jay W. Brown (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
membranophone:
Jimmy Van Eaton (track 1.4)
Jimmy Van Eaton (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (tracks 1.2, 1.6)
Gene Chrisman (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
guitar:
Roland Janes (track 1.4)
Roland Janes (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (tracks 1.2, 1.6)
Brad Suggs (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
saxophone:
Johnny 'Ace' Cannon (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
piano:
Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.4)
Jerry Lee Lewis (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (tracks 1.2, 1.6)
Jerry Lee Lewis (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
composer:
Roy Acuff (track 1.1)
Charles Underwood (track 1.2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 1.3)
Hank Williams (country music legend) (track 1.6)
Walter Donaldson (1924) (track 2.1)
lyricist:
Roy Acuff (track 1.1)
Charles Underwood (track 1.2)
Ray Charles (soul musician, singer and songwriter) (track 1.3)
Hank Williams (country music legend) (track 1.6)
George A. Whiting (popular songwriter) (1924) (track 2.1)
producer:
Scotty Moore (American guitarist and recording engineer) (track 2.1)
Sam Phillips (Producer at Sun Records) (tracks 1.2, 1.6, 2.1)
vocals:
Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.4)
Jerry Lee Lewis (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (tracks 1.2, 1.6)
Jerry Lee Lewis (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
phonographic copyright by:
Sun Record Company (1989) (tracks 1.2, 1.6, 2.1)
publisher:
Mijac Music (track 1.3)
Progressive Music (track 1.3)
compiled in:
edit of:
Baby Baby Bye Bye (slate & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.8)
Don't Drop It (chat & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.4)
Good Golly Miss Molly (chat & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.4)
Great Speckled Bird (4 false starts, chat & take 1) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.5)
I Can't Seem to Say Goodbye (take named (2) on BCD 17254) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.7)
I've Been Twistin' (slate & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.3)
My Blue Heaven (version 2: slate & take 4) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.2)
Old Black Joe (slate & undubbed master) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 1.7)
edits:
remix of:
Carry Me Back to Old Virginia (extended master stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.8)
I've Been Twistin' (slate & take 4 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.3)
My Blue Heaven (version 2 take 4 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.2)
My Blue Heaven (take named (2.1) on BCD 17254 stereo) by Jerry Lee Lewis (track 2.1)
remixes:
Old Black Joe (master) by Jerry Lee Lewis with Gene Lowery Singers (track 1.7)
cover recording of:
What’d I Say (track 1.3)
As Long as I Live (1960-01) (track 1.1)
I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love With You) (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (track 1.6)
My Blue Heaven (1961-06-14) (track 2.1)
later translated versions:
later versions:
Är det mitt fel (track 1.6)
recording of:
Bonnie B (1960-01-21 – 1960-01-25) (track 1.2)

12" Vinyl 3: Keepers of the Flame

composer:
Tracy Pendarvis (track 15)
lyricist:
Tracy Pendarvis (track 15)
recording of:

12" Vinyl 5: Betcha Gonna Like It

composer:
lyricist:
writer:
Buddy Killen (track 11)
Robert Riley (track 11)
recording of:
Bobaloo (track 1)

12" Vinyl 6: Cadillac Man

composer:
Smokey Robinson (track 15)
lyricist:
Smokey Robinson (track 15)
cover recording of: